Oh yeah. For a small book it took me a lot of time to finish. I had to sit and reflect on several of the passages for a few minutes—not because they were ill-written, but because they were both profound and often just outside of my immediate mental grasp, and that was a wonderful thing. But, I loved it. When Yeong-hye awoke one morning from troubled dreams, she found herself changed into a monstrous . Either way, one of the best books I've read this year. Only detrimental cognitive functioning will be born. The more a given character becomes aware of their lived experience, the closer he or she comes to falling into the abyss. But sometimes, in between starships and unicorns, I read books like this one and appreciate it. • To what extent can one break free of genes and expectations, and at what cost? In a country where societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye's decision to embrace a more “plant-like” existence is a shocking act of subversion. She refuses to eat, drink or take care of herself. Update #2: I've gotten enough comments from dudes for me to update this review. Her eyes snapped open in fright, and she was stung by a waking hatred the likes of which she’d never felt before, before being thrown back into sleep. . The story is about Yeong-here but except for little snippets (dreams), we follow it through different POV. Image: Woman doing handstand in a forest. In The Vegetarian, Yeong-hye breaks all the rules. The revulsion Yeong-hye experiences when eating meat in The Vegetarian is mirrored in Human Acts when Eun-sook, the Editor, describes a fish being grilled. Welcome back. I couldn't 'not' read this in anything less than one sitting. "All eyes on Korea, something stinks in there! During the conversation I had with various Koreans, I understood there still is the expectation that the woman should follow the men’s orders and to put the well-being of the family above hers, a theme that was present in this novel The answer must be obvious by now. His silence had the heavy mass of rock and the tenacious resistance of rubber, particularly when his art wasn’t going well. A family gathering where Yeong-hye is attacked by her own father over meat-eating ­spirals several layers darker into self-harm, though it won’t be the last time a man (or she herself, for that matter) violates her body. Honestly, in this case, I'm much more interested in reading other people's reviews of the book rather than writing my own. – Supposedly it is an allegorical study of present-day Korea, but I cannot comment on the accuracy of that statement. Exceptional. Quality and Standard: The Evaluation of Translations. Translation Quality Assessment: Linguistic Description versus Social Evaluation. No people. Call me crazy. Some readers may see the exploration of mental illness, though what I see is mental illness born of sheer social isolation and spiritual depravation. . Disturbing. It was weird. I laugh out loud, and gather some su I read The Vegetarian during a day-long trip on buses, trains and planes, starting at about 8 o'clock in the morning, finishing when the plane touched down an hour late at my final destination. That's it . Stunning. I have been told that those who have been deeply affected by the decision to become a vegetarian have loved this story. “So there’s no need for us to forgive each other. I really don't know if this was just a beginning of mental illness or something that was just a decision after a dream. I felt there was more to these symbols than the obvious, but I'm not sure what. I can't say I "liked" this book, a word "appreciated" is more accurate. I left this feeling that I hadn't connected to the characters or story very much, but finding the world that was built and the ideas presented really interesting. Again, a disturbingly dark ending... “The feeling that she had never really lived in this world caught her by surprise. She was no longer able to cope with all that her sister reminded her of. But check this one out. Powered By ebooksearch.us, We use cookies to give you the best online experience. Call me crazy. The last time I saw something go this bad this quickly was when we found out Jared from Subway was forcing underage boys to eat his footlong. Unique. It was a fact. An ascetic tome this is not: The novel is full of sex of dubious consent, all sorts of force-feeding and purging — essentially sexual assault and eating disorders, but never by name in Han’s universe. The novel is simply told, and very short, but it touches on so many critical, cut-to-the-bone themes, including the most fundamental questions of identity, of gender, of responsibility toward others, and of what makes life worth living. *......A tidbit which might be useful information for those who read this. “I ate too much meat. The story takes several unsettling and bizarre turns, and the men in the protagonist’s life are monstrous, void of emotion and empathy. This is the story of two sisters & their husbands & one woman's tendency toward violent, graphic dreams. She defended herself by stating “I would only permit myself an infidelity for the sake of a greater fidelity.”, Since then, Smith has translated Human Acts, The White Book as well as numerous essays penned by Han. by Hogarth Press. i will need to reflect on this book for 3-5 months before i say a single word about it. I sat down to read this expecting to read for maybe 20 minutes later but looked at the clock an hour later and realized that I was so involved in the story that I didn't want to stop reading. “She’s stopped eating any kind of meat at all, even fish—all she lives on is vegetables. pp 133-153 | The first third of The Vegetarian is very Kafka-esque. [Originally appeared here (with edits): http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/li...] Maybe a little bit of Bird Box to give you a more contemporary example. don’t you agree?” But soon her physical form creates the very negative space those close to her fear: weight loss, insomnia, diminished libido and the eventual abandonment of everyday “civilized” life. This book isn't super long. They call it "han", we call it PTSD. but . Haven’t you done your makeup?” The Vegetarian takes things to a much deeper level than if killing animals is wrong. Eat animals or don't. The final section by In-hye was different. And she even doesn’t wear leather, so why isn’t she considered a vegan? I cannot rest peacefully until I know the reason for this... pale skin, big eyes, a high nose bridge, skinny legs, cherry-like lips, a small face and a nine-to-one body ratio, where the body is nine times as long as the face. Close reading engages with the formal properties of a text—its literary devices, language, structure, and style. Flawed. Thank you, reading this has been a great help , I want to go veggie but wasn’t sure how to go about it . Having recently had a dream that has convinced her to cease eating any meat whatsoever, and finds that such a decision is affect nearly all aspects of her life. POWERFUL!! Apparently, the original is even more poetic and spare and I would imagine, much better. And it was hard reading about her harming herself like that, especially watching it through In-hye's eyes. So give it a go and see if it speaks to you as it has so many others. I mentioned here a tabooisation of mental disorders. . "A disturbing, yet beautifully composed narrative told in three parts, The Vegetarian is an allegorical novel about modern day South Korea..." A vegetarian diet should include a diverse mix of fruits, vegetables, grains, healthy fats and proteins. Nobody can save me. And when she had to see him with her sister... it still hurts. The single story is told in three sections, from three points of view - in three different genres: from a domestic drama of a marriage suddenly under strain, through erotica, to madness and borderline magical-realism. I’ve lost friends over it, and experienced much social awkwardness just for my lifestyle choice. Despite being a story that is explicitly about Yeong-hye, it is actually never told directly from her perspective. Zillions of thoughts f Update: Han Kang's book, "The Vegetarian", is the Man Booker international winner There may or may not have been some issues with translation, but if there were, it wasn't overtly noticeable to me.